Disappeared since 2017 after being captured in November 2011 by an armed group in Zenten and released in 2017, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi intends to run in the next presidential election in December 2021. The announcement was made in an interview with the New York Times on Friday, July 30, 2021, by the son of the former head of state, Muammar Gaddafi. He sees himself as the only man capable of ensuring the unity of the Libyan people who has been in a state of instability since his father’s death in 2011.
Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, wants to succeed his father and put his country back on the path of emergence. In an interview with the New York Times on 30 July 2021, he is convinced that “he alone can represent the state for all Libyans.” The 49-year-old man wants to bring about the change the Libyan people have been waiting for since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi following a popular uprising that ended 40 years of power (1969 – 2011). It is time to return to the past. The country is on its knees (…), there is no money, no security. There is no life here.” he insisted.
Seif al-Islam Gaddafi had been out of sight for four years. In 2011, after his father’s death, he was captured in November by an armed group in Zenten, a city in the northwest of Libya. In 2015, he was sentenced to death by the same group after an expeditious trial. But, he was finally released two years later. A release that, for him, sounds like an opportunity for Libya because he will run in the next presidential election with the firm conviction that he will be the head of the country. Currently under an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court for “crimes against humanity”, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi believes that “these legal issues could be negotiated if a majority of the Libyan people chose him as leader,” writes the New York Times.
An engineer by training and educated in Europe, London and Vienna, Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi was in charge of several diplomatic affairs during his father’s reign. The US daily (New York Times) quoted a Libyan poll that shows that 57% of the population of a region of the country trusts him.